Saturday, January 29, 2005

Mary Ingelman, the First Witch of Winnsboro, S.C.

Mary Ingelman, the First Witch of Winnsboro, S.C. Describes the illegal trial where a lady named Mary Ingelman was accused, found guilty and tortured for being a witch in 1792 in Fairfield County, South Carolina, USA.

From the site:

The Salem witch trials were not the last of its kind to be held in North America. In 1999 I visited the history museum in Fairfield County, South Carolina and was shown some news paper articles and one article from FATE magazine that all referenced a manuscript written before 1854 by Mr. Philip Edward Pearson. It talks about an illegal trial where a lady named Mary Ingelman was accused, found guilty and tortured for being a witch in 1792 in my county. I had always thought that in America there were no other witch trials after 1692. Now I wonder how many other "witch" trials have been held in our country, hidden away and not talked about.

Mr. Pearson practiced law in South Carolina and had served for many years as the Solicitor of the South Carolina Middle Circuit which included Fairfield County. He later moved to Metagorda Texas, but not before selling his manuscript, History of Fairfield County, South Carolina to a Dr. John H. Logan. The manuscript ended up in Mr. Lyman C. Draper's historical source-material collections which is now in the library of the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.

In the year of 1792 in Fairfield County there were many strange things happening to the people that lived there. At that time, in a neighboring county, a group called the Gifted Brethren were broken up for practicing hypnosis and mis teaching the trinity of the Christian church. One of its founders was tried in Charleston S.C. for heresy and found guilty and hanged. Also in 1792 many cattle got sick and people began to act possessed.

2 comments:

SCHistorian said...

I work at the Fairfield County Museum in Winnsboro and we were just discussing this story, about an hour or so ago. The director was telling it, but was a little sketchy on details. I was actually do research on something else when this popped up and thought "how cool"! Thanks!

WiLL said...

This is WiLL the person who wrote this first article for the internet about Mary Ingelman and published it back in 2001. It has amazed me to see the great interest in this woman. So I have made some small changes to the article and just re-published it to my website today on July 6, 2007. I LOVE visiting the Fairfield County Museum and I feel history is worth preserving. I plan to go and visit the location where the house once stood very soon and I will post some photos of the land.